Snow long: winter weather melts quickly away
by Ben Cunningham
bcunningham@annistonstar.com
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Snow along this stretch of Alabama 9 north of Piedmont made for a scenic drive Thursday morning, but was no impediment to travel. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Snow along this stretch of Alabama 9 north of Piedmont made for a scenic drive Thursday morning, but was no impediment to travel. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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Well, that was fast.

After days of waiting for a snow and ice storm that socked much of the South, the Anniston area this morning was watching the few flakes that finally fell quickly melt away.

All roads in Calhoun County were open this morning, with the exception of Bain’s Gap Road through the mountains of McClellan, according to Tammy Bain, a spokeswoman with the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency.

Alabama Power crews were working this morning to restore electrical service to about 400 customers in the Heflin area in Cleburne County, where many tree limbs had fallen on power lines, according to Alyson Tucker, a spokeswoman for the company’s eastern division.

“We’ve had a lot of broken branches,” she said.

Tucker said the company was declining to estimate the time it would take to restore power to all customers, but said that “we don’t expect it will be very long.”

Because roads are mostly clear, she said, the company’s crews were making swift progress.

About an inch of snow fell in the Anniston area overnight, according to Kristina Sumrall, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in Calera. That’s less than many other areas of the state and less than had been warned of in forecasts this week.

Temperatures in the Anniston area didn’t cool to the freezing mark as quickly as expected, meaning that most of what fell Wednesday was rain instead of ice and snow until just before sunset. By then, a wave of precipitation moving from west to east was dumping snow on Jefferson and surrounding counties, Sumrall said.

“By the time it got to Anniston it just didn’t have as much punch with it,” she said.

Sumrall said Anniston should see a high temperature in the mid-40s today, with winds from 5 to 10 mph from the northwest.

The sky, she said, would be “nice and sunny.”

Managing Editor Ben Cunningham: 256-235-3541. On Twitter @Cunningham_Star.

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